FUTURE BUBBLERS - HOW FAR WE'VE COME: Y6S GO LIVE
Last entry for table bookings is 8PM
Showcases for artists on the Gilles Peterson-backed mentorship programme Run in collaboration with Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation Future Bubblers supports unsigned artists to develop their music and navigate the music industry
The Future Bubblers showcases are fast becoming an annual tradition. It's a chance to see live shows and DJ sets from a selection of new artists tipped as ones to watch by Gilles Peterson. This year we have nine acts on each night representing the year 5 & 6 of Peterson's Future Bubblers mentorship programme. The artists are drawn from across England, and the music they make is just as diverse, ranging from live-rendered, atmospheric electronics to dubby hip-hop sound storms. This year we have two showcases due to the pandemic affecting last year's show, this is a unique opportunity to see all of them playing together.
Choosing focus cities outside of London for each year of the programme, it's part of a goal to nurture talent outside of the UK capital. Partnering with like minded organisations in each city, it's a means of encouraging audiences for independent music. Previous years have seen acts like Snowy, a respected Nottingham-based grime MC who's worked with the likes of Logan Sama; Skinny Pelembe who signed to Peterson's Brownswood label, Y4 Bubbler Forest Law who is currently signed to Brownswood, and Yazmin Lacey, who signed to First Word, recently profiled as part of an Observer feature on the UK's new jazz scene.
Check out the highlights from the last showcase here.
Year 6 Victoria Jane
London born, Manchester raised musician Victoria Jane belongs to the new wave of R&B talent to push the boundaries and pave the way for more to follow. Heavily influenced by Manchester's musical DNA, Victoria has immersed herself in the scene since as long as she can remember. Inspired to connect with people through her music, her distinct style incorporates not only R&B but Trap, Hip-Hop and is constantly evolving. A musician by night, sales exec by day, Victoria also spends a lot of her time nurturing new talent on Unity Radio, where she thrives being part of artists' journey to success.
Manchester-based, Birmingham raised wordsmith Ceeow is the perfect combination of Hip-Hop and Jazz. Finding inspiration in everything he does, a defining moment for Ceeow was hearing his music supported on-air and in stores throughout Manchester, London & Birmingham, giving him the confidence to keep on grafting to achieve what he's set out for himself. Thriving off community, Ceeow has dedicated the past 5+ years to music but also to mental health support where he has worked closely with peoples recovery and wellbeing as well as working in a behavioural needs unit. Mental resilience is something he practices on a daily basis and holds contentment and happiness in the highest regard, especially when it comes to his music.
Nowsm (real name Alfie Holloway) sits within the vast Electronic musical landscape drawing influence from Ambient, Breakbeat, House, and Experimental music and has become renowned for weaving in interesting samples throughout his music. Growing up in Derbyshire, opportunities felt limited but Alfie sought out like-minded individuals who helped shape who he is today. Supported by NTS, BBC Introducing and now Future Bubblers, plans for his debut album are currently in the works. By day, Alfie pulls pints and works in audio editing to pay the bills but has also recently received a degree in Audio & Music Tech, with the aim to broaden his artistry skills for future projects.
Afrofuturist, London born and of Yoruba descent, Seigfried Komidashi is anarcho-Blackness, experimentation and exploration. Komidashi works with nature, sound, and space; immersing himself in a process of learning and unlearning, drawing inspiration from the beauty and chaos of the world around us. A classically trained saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, his artform began to take shape when he saw musical notations come to life on and off the page, introducing him to the idea of playing with classical forms and transforming them into something otherworldly.
Tadi The Great
Zimbabwe-born, Tadi The Great moved to Norwich at the age of twelve. His distinct musical sound sits between present-day greatness and unrivalled nostalgia. The name Tadi The Great pays homage to the Shona tribe - which he is a part of - from Zimbabwe who built the great Zimbabwe ruins in the late Iron Age thus making him 'Tadi The Great Zimbabwean'. Inspired by Norwich and it's laid back vibe, the city gives him space to create without haste, allowing him to constantly broaden his horizons through his use of samples, analogue equipment, constantly driven by his undeniable passion to learn.
Plumm is a hybrid of vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer hailing from South London with Welsh heritage. Graduating from the BRIT School and then a SOAS degree in Ethnomusicology specialising in North Indian Classical, Plumm constructs mood-driven soundscapes and gritty timbres. After being invited to play a live set at Maida Vale Studios with Moses Boyd for BBC 1Xtra, playing with Taylor McFerrin at Oslo in Hackney and championed by BBC Introducing London, Plumm is branching into genre-less territories and feminine power.
Jericho Noguera has steadily been making a name for himself as one of the most exciting upcoming artists in the West Midlands since his debut in 2018. Hailed for blending a signature Buckley-esk vocal with new-age inspired synths, and adding his own unique twist on classic soul, his first two EP's 'Black Lake' and 'Get it by the Feel' have struck a chord with listeners both at home and at live shows across the UK.
Coventry born and bred, Shirkers upbringing has nurtured and shaped her broad talent into something wildly innovative. Growing up in a household filled with Jazz, Acid Jazz, Afrobeat and Dub, she now makes music spanning across Hip-Hop, Jazz, Neo Soul, Electronic and more whilst not feeling the need to stick to one space. An active member in the Punk scene in the Midlands, she draws inspiration from this and has cultivated a passion for manipulating sounds and instruments through her music production and performances.
Cross-genre band Zenel is made up of London based trumpet and guitar player Laurence Wilkins, Portuguese native Zoe Pascal on drums. Their instrumentation includes two synth players and a plethora of electronic midi devices. Their sound is a poetic combination of Jazz improvisation crossed with the world of Electronic music. Their music is centred around sounds not normally heard in live band contexts, but rather the rich cultural heritage of the UK electronic music that inspires them. Their unusual and unique use of sounds has already gained attention, drawing vast interest from music lovers around the world with experimental ears and they hope to spread their sound even further throughout 2021.
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Presented by The Jazz Cafe & Future Bubblers.
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